Freemuse Press Statement: Drop the cases against Ferhat Tunç
This stamement has been sent by e-mail to more than 300 selected media houses and journalists.
Freemuse, The World Forum on Music & Censorship, regret that Turkey continues censoring and prosecuting its artists and intellectuals during a time when Turkey’s Human Rights and Free Expression records are under international scrutiny.
We are concerned over the forthcoming trial in Izmir high Court on 4 October 2007 against our Turkish colleague, Mr. Ferhat Tunç, and deeply worried about the continuous harassment of Ferhat Tunç by Turkish Authorities. We respectfully request immediate dismissal of all cases against Mr. Ferhat Tunç.
We also request a review of Turkish legislation, with the aim of removing any remaining laws that can lead to the imprisonment of artists for practicing their right to free expression.